Migration to wireless a sign of things to come in telecom (Bits & Bytes Column)

Kansas City,MO (11-02-2004)

From Kansas Cty Star
By David Hayes

(Only the portion of the column that discusses ITTC is below)

Tracking RFID
Anyone who has run a business knows how difficult it can be to keep track of inventory.

New tags that use relatively inexpensive radio wave technology are on the horizon and could eventually replace bar codes.

Companies such as Wal-Mart are requiring their suppliers to include Radio Frequency Identification tags, initially to track pallets of merchandise.

Eventually, the so-called RFID tags will track individual products.

Toby Rush, president of Rush Tracking Systems of Lenexa, is planning to talk about RFID technology at a breakfast meeting later this month at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Rush's company recently helped finance an RFID research center at the University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center.

RFID tags consist of a microprocessor chip and a miniature antenna. The technology allows the tag to communicate with a RFID reader by sending a signal at the frequency of radio waves emitted by the antenna.

Data sent by the tags includes a unique identification number, similar to that used in bar codes.

Some industry analysts predict that RFID tags eventually will be used to do more than track inventory.

For example, the tag could be used to generate a bill before a consumer gets near a checkout counter.

The RFID session is being sponsored by ITKC, a networking program of KCCatalyst.

The ITKC session is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Kauffman Foundation. The event costs $25 and includes breakfast.

Information and registration is online at www.itkc.org/events2.asp.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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